Jenkins was consummate teammate with Eagles

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Jenkins was consummate teammate with Eagles

When the Eagles brought him to Philadelphia in 2011, Cullen Jenkins was supposed to be missing link along the defensive interior that would stabilize the run defense, help collapse the pocket and make quarterbacks feel uncomfortable. While Jenkins showed flashes of being just that over his two-year stay with the team, he never quite found that consistent groove the the Eagles were hoping for on the field.

Off the field, you wont find a better human being. With his quiet demeanor, Jenkins treated everyone he encountered -- both in the locker rom and out of it -- with respect. He was one of the few real, stand-up guys who would always appear at his locker and answers endless questions from the media, no matter how bleak the situation.

When I went to his home on Tuesday to interview him after he was released, Jenkins alluded to how his verbal confrontation on the sideline with Andy Reid last preseason was blown out of proportion. He admitted that, even now, the unfortunate incident still bothered him. He’s never wanted to be viewed as a confrontational or disrespectful player.  

With the Eagles committing to a new head coach and going with younger players, the 32-year-old Jenkins knew the writing was on the wall. He made too much money and had to be one of the cap casualties for a franchise looking to free up dollars in order to move in a different direction. Jenkins holds no animosity toward the Eagles organization and wishes his now-former team all the best in the future. He will bounce back with another team, hoping to put himself in a position to reach another Super Bowl before his career ends.

Jenkins leaves the same way he arrived -- with class and dignity. Before we ended our conversation, he told me he feels as responsible as anyone on that 2012 squad for the team's failure. Jenkins didn’t keep up his end of the deal over two years. He had to go, and he knows it.

But that’s Cullen Jenkins for you. He never pointed fingers, never threw a teammate under the bus. He was and always will be the consummate teammate.

Tonight’s lineup: Struggling Tommy Joseph sits in favor of Ryan Howard

Tonight’s lineup: Struggling Tommy Joseph sits in favor of Ryan Howard

The Phillies’ bats stayed hot in the team’s 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks Monday night, which included a six-run seventh inning (see story). It was the fourth time in seven games that the Phillies have scored at least six runs.

With the offense showing encouraging signs of life on the current road trip, manager Pete Mackanin is sticking with catalysts Odubel Herrera and Peter Bourjos at the top of the lineup. The two combined for seven hits and four runs scored in Monday’s blowout win.

Following Herrera and Bourjos, Mackanin makes a few changes to tonight’s lineup.

Ryan Howard gets his first start since last Friday as the struggling Tommy Joseph, who went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts on Monday, takes a seat. With Joseph on the bench, Maikel Franco moves up to the three-hole and Howard hits cleanup.

Carlos Ruiz takes over behind the plate for Cameron Rupp, who went 1 for 4 with an RBI on Monday night. Ruiz has established himself as Jerad Eickhoff’s personal catcher.

With right-hander Zack Greinke on the mound for the Diamondbacks, Cody Asche gets the start in left field over Tyler Goeddel. Asche went 1 for 3 with an RBI double off the bench last night.

Here are the full lineups for both teams:

Phillies lineup
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Peter Bourjos, RF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Diamondbacks lineup
1. Jean Segura, 2B
2. Michael Bourn, CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Jake Lamb, 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas, RF
6. Wellington Castillo, C
7. Peter O’Brien, LF
8. Zack Greinke, P
9. Nick Ahmed, SS

Former La Salle star Ramon Galloway joins Hornets Summer League roster

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Former La Salle star Ramon Galloway joins Hornets Summer League roster

Philadelphia native and former La Salle University star guard Ramon Galloway has joined the Charlotte Hornets Summer League roster.

The Hornets will play in the Orlando Summer League from July 2-8, with games scheduled against the Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

Galloway, 25, played the final two seasons of his college career at La Salle after transferring from South Carolina following his sophomore season. As a senior during the 2012-13 season, Galloway averaged a team-high 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, and was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection. 

That same season, Galloway helped lead the Explorers on a surprise NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16. He averaged 18.8 points per game in the tournament and scored 24 points in La Salle’s third-round win over Ole Miss.

Galloway posted 10.7 points and 4.8 assists per game in six Summer League contests for the Chicago Bulls last summer and played in five Summer League games for the Denver Nuggets in 2014.

Galloway last played for Paffoni Omenga in Italy this winter. During the 2014-15 season, he played 30 games for Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona in Italy, leading the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game.

Reports: Sixers to be 'serious suitors' for Barnes, interested in Waiters

Reports: Sixers to be 'serious suitors' for Barnes, interested in Waiters

The Sixers didn't get a chance to speed up the process as much as they would have liked during the draft, but it appears they're going to try during free agency.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Sixers plan to be "serious suitors" for Golden State Warriors restricted free agent forward Harrison Barnes.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Barnes averaged a career-high 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season for the Warriors and shot 38.3 percent from three. The four-year veteran didn't produce as well in the playoffs, averaging 9.0 points on 34.2 percent shooting from three and 38.5 percent shooting overall. He would give the Sixers an outside threat who can finish around the rim. The question is whether he'll be able to create his own shot and flourish without the star-studded Warriors lineup around him.

Meanwhile, the AP's Michael Scotto reports the Sixers (and Kings) are interested in Thunder restricted free agent Dion Waiters. Waiters, 6-4, 225, has averaged 12.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in his four-year NBA career. He is a Philadelphia native and played high school ball at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J.

Barnes, 24, made just under $3.9 million last season, while Waiters, 24, made just over $5.1 million. Because both are restricted free agents, the Warriors and Thunder can match any offer the respective players receive. Barnes turned down a four-year, $64 million last year and is likely to receive a max offer, which should be around $23 million.

Either would give the Sixers an upgrade, and given their meager payroll, they can certainly afford to overpay if needed. They should have about $60 million in cap space, as the new cap is projected to be $94 million. 

Golden State selected Barnes out of North Carolina with the seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft. Waiters was originally taken fourth overall by the Cavaliers in 2012.